What is Osteopathy?

About osteopathy

Osteopathy is a system of diagnosis and physical treatment, based on the structural and functional integrity of the body. Osteopathy is complementary to orthodox medicine, approved by the British Medical Association since 1992 and achieving full statutory recognition in 2000.

Osteopaths recognise that much of the pain and disability we suffer stems from imbalances in the structure and function of the body as well as damage caused to it by disease.

Osteopathy was founded in the 1800s by Andrew Taylor Still with the first college in the UK (The British School of Osteopathy) being set up in London in 1917. Osteopaths undergo a four year full-time degree course and must be accredited by the General Osteopathic Council.

Osteopaths

All osteopaths are members of, and fully regulated by the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC).

Osteopathic treatment

Osteopaths treat the whole person so at the first consultation a detailed case history is compiled, including medical history. We will then observe your posture and your movements, using touch (palpation) in order to aid diagnosis.

Osteopathic treatment consists of a wide range of gentle manual techniques such as deep tissue massage, joint manipulation, stretches and articulation. Patients may be advised on exercise, posture or diet.

It is possible that one treatment may resolve the current issue. However, additional treatments may be required to address the factors that caused the pain to arise.

Click below for details of what an osteopath can treat.

 

Further information:

The British Medical Association

The British School of Osteopathy

The General Osteopathic Council